Alan Siegel, The Ringer

Alan Siegel

The Ringer

Washington, DC, United States

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Past articles by asiegel05:

Brad Marchand Isn’t Changing

The Bruins star may be getting older, but his chirping, tough playing style and outspokenness are trademarks that will never go away → Read More

The Oral History of Prince’s ‘Batman’ Soundtrack

Batman is an eccentric hero with a cape, so when it came time to pick an artist to make the soundtrack for Tim Burton’s 1989 film, the choice was obvious → Read More

How to Become Sean Payton, by Kevin James

The ‘King of Queens’ actor stars as the (now former) New Orleans Saints head coach in Netflix’s ‘Home Team,’ a film that somehow spins the Bountygate fallout into family-friendly sports-movie material → Read More

Praise Be: ‘The Righteous Gemstones’ Has Returned

Danny McBride’s latest HBO series made a strong statement with a first season that combined televangelism-aided excess with familial drama. Now it’s back and delving even deeper. → Read More

Your Favorite Scary Movie: The Oral History of ‘Scream’

Twenty-five years ago, Wes Craven’s bloody, witty meta-horror film hit theaters and reinvigorated multiple genres. Here’s how the iconic movie was made. → Read More

The Oral History of ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day’

Three decades ago, James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Linda Hamilton joined forces again to make the biggest, baddest, most eye-popping sequel ever. Here’s the story of how the machines took over Hollywood. → Read More

Two Assholes Lost in the Woods: An Oral History of ‘Pine Barrens’

Twenty years after it aired, David Chase and Co. look back on one of the wildest, boldest, funniest episodes of ‘The Sopranos’ ever made → Read More

It’s a Mad World: The ‘Donnie Darko’ Oral History

Twenty years ago, an unproven writer-director made a movie with a scary bunny, time travel, and an ’80s soundtrack that would at first struggle to make an impact before becoming "everybody’s first deep thought" → Read More

How a Trio of Comedy Icons Teamed Up for ‘Moonbase 8’

The premise of the show—a group of wannabe astronauts try to get NASA’s attention—is a winner, but all you really need to know is who it stars: John C. Reilly, Tim Heidecker, and Fred Armisen → Read More

David Fincher’s Lost Projects

The acclaimed director has an unimpeachable body of work, but why isn’t it more extensive? The answer lies in the long list of movies and TV shows that he hasn’t made. → Read More

The Birth of the Super Antihero: How They Made the Uproarious First Season of ‘The Boys’

Back in 2019, Amazon’s irreverent series—which kicks off its second season on Friday—turned the industrial superhero complex on its head → Read More

John Thompson Never Backed Down From Anyone

The legendary basketball coach died Monday at age 78. He leaves behind a towering legacy: at Georgetown, in college basketball, and throughout American culture at large. → Read More

Seth Rogen’s Jewish American Tale

"Our DNA test comes back Jewish. You could find a severed finger and tell that it was Jewish." Here’s how Rogen came to make ‘An American Pickle,’ his most personal film to date. → Read More

‘Step Brothers’ and the Peak Summer of Blockbuster Comedy

Filled with movies like ‘Tropic Thunder,’ ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall,’ and the Will Ferrell–John C. Reilly classic, the dog days of 2008 were a great time to laugh in theaters. And also one of the last. → Read More

One Night in D.C.: The Oral History of June 1, 2020

A day of peaceful protesting against the police killing of George Floyd turned violent in the nation’s capital, as President Trump forced people away from the area surrounding the White House. Here’s how a photo op became a flashpoint in the movement against racism. → Read More

The King of Comedy Finds His Serious Side

The longtime comedy director explains how he came to tell Davidson’s partially autobiographical story, how his focus as a filmmaker has changed, and how he learned to let the jokes take a back seat → Read More

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Mission to Mars

"He was behind everything," the movie’s director, Paul Verhoeven, says about Schwarzenegger’s unbending quest to make the supremely unique, bizarrely funny, mind-bending piece of science fiction → Read More

Kickin’ Ass and Rippin’ Throats: The Story of ‘MacGruber’

If a silly, extra violent, sex-filled comedy about a foul-mouthed, reprehensible action hero straight out of the ’80s doesn’t sound like a megahit, that’s because it wasn’t. But over the last 10 years, the absurdity and quotability of ‘MacGruber’ has earned it cult classic status. → Read More

The Storm-Chasing Special Effects Team Behind ‘Twister’

In the early ’90s, Industrial Light & Magic’s visual effects crew set out to do something that had never been done, and eventually changed the course of CGI’s evolution → Read More

Why Gob Bluth and BoJack Are Two of the Best TV Characters This Century—As Explained by Will Arnett

The actor behind Gob Bluth and BoJack Horseman chats about the similarities between his most famous characters, Tobias’s jean shorts, and becoming an oft-used meme → Read More